Opening The SCOAN Live Sunday Service, Evangelist Evelyn Joshua brought an encouraging message titled, GOD IS WHO HE IS.
Urging Christians to connect with God through faith rather than cling to the physical circumstances that would always instigate doubt in their minds, she added that faith in God, even in times of trials, brings about blessings: “Faith lifts us above the realm of the senses, our reasoning abilities, understanding and makes the possibilities of God available to us. The Bible says, blessed are those who believe without seeing; blessed are those who shout, “Hallelujah” before a miracle happens. Blessed are those who bless God in their trials and difficulties, for they shall be blessed by God through their challenges”.
She added that faith will only be activated when we make the Word of God the standard for our lives. As Christians, as the Word grows in our hearts, it connects us to our Father in Heaven and makes us operate with power: “God’s Word is a living, growing force that develops in the heart of man. As it grows, faith grows. As a child of God, if you continue to operate with this divine faith, your word will be as powerful as if God has spoken it Himself”.
50/50 CHANCE OF LIVING
For Mr Jideofor Eze, living with a kidney disease and urinary tract infection was a serious challenge. The scenario painted the ugly picture of weak kidneys incapable of carrying out their excretory functions optimally. He could not urinate the normal way and doctors had to insert a catheter into his urinary system to enable the free-flow of urine. The native of Enugu, Nigeria could not enjoy any reprieve as the problem always re-emerged whenever the catheter was removed.
He could hardly sleep and was not be able to access any form of help around when the problem hit in the odd hours of the night. After a series of tests, he was told he had a kidney stone which could only be treated by surgery and all the doctors he consulted gave the same verdict. Unfortunately, he only stood a 50-50 chance of living after the surgery. Mr Eze wondered how he would be able to muster the financial muscle to foot the gigantic bills that would accrue from such a medical exercise and whether he would live or not.
As he waited for his operation date to be set, he started watching Emmanuel TV. Seeing the wonderful testimonies of people who once had even worse health conditions, he developed the urge to visit the Arena of Liberty. He was lucky to hear that in a few days, there would be a healing revival at The SCOAN in December, 2016. A day to the commencement of the service, the ailment reared its ugly head, preventing him from passing out urine that night. He visited the hospital and had the catheter re-inserted, pleading that he should be allowed to travel to Lagos the next day – a request that was granted by his doctor even though he was advised to be careful because of the catheter which could injure him on transit. The troubled man arrived at his Lagos lodge to discover that his catheter was passing urine mixed with blood. The discovery drew tears from his eyes as he rushed to a nearby hospital to have the catheter reinserted. Thinking it was the end of the road, he raised a deep-hearted and anguish-stricken prayer to the God of Prophet T.B. Joshua to save his life.
Once in The SCOAN Prayer Line, he witnessed the greatest drama of his entire existence. Prophet T.B. Joshua was ministering healing and deliverance, in Jesus’ name. As the shadow of the man of God passed him, he suddenly felt a continuum of cold sensation all over him. In moments, he was healed! Testifying, he told congregants that what he experienced was more than just a man of God but God Himself in action. His remark lends credence to Prophet T.B. Joshua’s statement that he is not the one performing the miracles but God working through him.
After his healing, Mr Eze returned to a doctor and requested for the removal of the catheter. Upon arriving home, he felt a sharp pain and ran to the toilet. Ministering the Morning Water in prayer, he was surprised as he urinated out the kidney stone! Thanking God for saving his life from the hands of a deadly ailment, he advised people not to hide their problems, urging them to find every means to come to God to receive their healing.
FROM ELECTRICIAN TO COMMISSIONER
Mr Nnamdi Ezechi was employed as an electrical technician with a multinational company in Delta, Nigeria. He was carrying out his duties diligently and was trying to manage well the small success God had given him. As a regular viewer of Emmanuel TV, he came to The SCOAN and received the Morning Water, which he continued to minister in prayer. His life entered a dramatic dimension when one day a member of the House of Reps, representing his local government, asked him to nominate persons for consideration into a transition committee from his local government area. After compiling and sending the name of nominees, Mr Ezechi was shocked when he began to receive congratulatory messages from friends and associates. Confused, he met with his boss who confirmed that he was the one chosen for the position. He had never aspired to such a political position in his life and was a shock to him to find himself a member of such a committee. He continued ministering the Morning Water in prayer and one day, after the Nigerian general elections, he was contacted again by his boss to suggest the names of three persons whom he wished to be nominated as honourable commissioners in the state of Delta. Mr Ezechi was confused. He wondered why his boss would ask him to do such a serious thing as he saw himself as a simple employee who was neither wealthy nor famous. In short, he felt the task was beyond him in a local government where there were very influential people. Anyhow, he sent in some names and moved on with his life. While driving to work some months later, he received a call from his boss, instructing him to come to Asaba, the Delta capital. He quickly ministered the Morning Water as he prayed for God’s divine direction and guidance and made his way to the capital. When he arrived, Mr Ezechi’s boss congratulated him for becoming appointed as a DESOPADEC (Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission) Commissioner. Indeed, there is nothing God cannot do for those who are faithful to Him. Thanking God, the former electrical technician enjoined congregants and people all over the world to leave every case to God to handle.
A PROMOTION SEALED AND DELIVERED FROM THE THRONE OF GRACE
She joined her country’s foreign mission in 2011 and had always wanted to excel. One day, she came back from work and found her children watching Emmanuel TV at home. The great miracles, teachings and testimonies she saw on the channel inspired her so much that she started praying to God to take her to The SCOAN.
God, in His mighty ways, answered her prayer. In 2014, Mrs Isata Bangura was posted to Nigeria as a Third Secretary in the Sierra Leonean liaison office in Lagos, Nigeria. When the news came to her, she was surprised because at her grade level, she was not qualified for such a posting. However, she was happy because she had been praying for that opportunity. As soon as she settled down in Nigeria, she was promoted within the same year to the position of Assistant Secretary, Grade Seven.
After that shocking promotion, Mrs Bangura started worshiping at The SCOAN with great devotion. She continued to pray for bigger things to come. By 2016, memos were circulated around all their missions inviting qualified persons to return to Sierra Leone to sit for the Senior Assistant Secretary examination. Conferring with a colleague in their Addis Ababa mission, she received materials bordering on the promotion examination, including the civil service code which she specifically requested.
Receiving the materials, Mrs Bangura started studying them. As she did, she ministered the Morning Water and deployed all other anointed materials, including the Faith Bracelet in her prayers and meditation. After writing the examination, she returned to Nigeria. When the results were released in November, 2016, she passed and qualified to occupy the position of Senior Assistant Secretary. Though she had passed the examination, she refused to be too excited because unless she received a letter to that effect, it would still remain unconfirmed. The much-awaited confirmation letter was eventually sent to her in January, 2017.
During her testimony, Mrs Bangura told congregants that she was highly overwhelmed with the promotion because of the way it came. According to her, it is unusual for a person who just joined the service in 2011 to be promoted within a very short while. She thanked the God of Prophet T.B. Joshua for doing the impossible in her life. She advised people to believe in God and allow Him to set His time-table for them, adding that they should continue praying with Prophet T.B. Joshua on Emmanuel TV.
THE QUEEN TRIED TO DROWN ME
When she was a very little child, she had accompanied a friend to a stream in her hometown. There, she was being taught how to swim only to find herself deep inside the stream. An unseen force had grabbed her legs and was making it difficult for her to either swim to safety or loose herself from the entanglement. All she could do was to scream, attracting the attention of a lady who came to rescue her. After that saga, young Ngozi did not disclose her experience to her parents. She carried on with her life.
But things were no longer at ease with her spiritual life as she started having strange dreams in which she would be surrounded by snakes. Sometimes, she would dream of a very beautiful woman draped in a gown with the dazzle of a queen, coming to crown her. The dream visits of the strange woman continued even when she got to secondary school level. She became attracted to other senior girls who came to her for friendship, disguising as school mothers. Even though she later got pregnant for a boy at age 14, her attraction to women like her lingered like a stubborn stump, refusing to be uprooted.
Ngozi had sent her daughter to stay with her mother in Cameroon in order to pick the pieces of her life together and perhaps, start afresh but her intentions would not promise anything good to the family. Her daughter became a replica of the mother, living a wayward life and eventually becoming pregnant at age 14 as well. It was a pill too bitter to swallow. In Ngozi’s reckoning, history seemed to be repeating itself rather unfortunately. She felt that her past was haunting her in some sort of déjà vu. Worried, she continued to spend her money on herbalists who deceived her into believing they could help her.
Ngozi was sought after by men but after getting engaged, they would suddenly disappear. It was apparent that there was a force thwarting all her hopes of settling down with a husband. Instead, she was made to have more affection for women. As she continued to find a way out of the problems in her life, Ngozi came across Emmanuel TV and witnessed the awe-inspiring testimonies on the channel. Immediately, she told herself some bitter truths and made up her mind to visit the Arena of Liberty. As the set date approached, her daughter with whom she had planned to come to Lagos, disappeared. It took some prayers for the lass to be reunited with her mother.
When they finally arrived at The SCOAN, they attended the Sunday Service. And during the Mass Prayer led by Prophet T.B. Joshua, Ngozi was fished out by the Spirit of the living God. As the prayers increased in tempo, the evil spirit tormenting her life manifested and was cast out of her life. Ngozi was floored by the power of God. Her daughter who confessed to have been raped at age 13, also received her deliverance. Mother and daughter thanked God for their deliverance. Ngozi’s mother also thanked the man of God for being a worthy instrument God used to deliver her daughter and granddaughter. She appreciated God for the fact that her child and grandchild have changed for the better and Ngozi advised people to have faith in God even when they are facing challenges.
WHAT YOUR CHILDREN DO IN THE DARK
He had always wanted to be a man of God and had always expressed that aspiration to his mother. As a young man, his mother encouraged his aspirations but the devil and his agents would not fold their hands and allow that lofty dream to come to fruition. Suddenly, a boy who once harboured thoughts of working in the vineyard of God became a problematic child. James started stealing, a trait that did not go down well with his parents who, in an attempt to curtail his misdemeanours, sent him to a boarding school. Unknown to them, they were creating an enabling environment for him to become worse. In spite of his parents’ opulence, he could not stop the despicable act of stealing. It was like a deep-rooted malady that required a superior force for it to be expunged from his life.
When he entered secondary school, he met some friends who influenced him into drinking alcohol and smoking weed. Those habits made him lose his head as he would always misbehave. When his system became immune to the highness in alcohol and weed, he graduated into hard drugs. He took codeine, cocaine and heroin. As his class of drugs changed, he also changed the calibre of friends he moved with. Eventually, he hooked up with unrepentant drug addicts whose minds had been hardened by arbitrary drug use. When he realised that he was the only one without a tattoo among his bad friends, he wasted no time in having one on his chest.
Together with his gang, James engaged in supermarket robberies which proceeds were squandered on women, alcohol and drugs. But one fundamental reality that begged for explanation was the fact that his parents were well to do and yet, he would not stop stealing. Somehow, his mother got wind of his strange behaviours and came to the conclusion that he was taking something injurious to his health. To stop him, she had discontinued the act of giving him money. James would later devise new strategies of getting money. He resorted to stealing and selling his mother’s personal items, thinking that it was the only way to pay her back in her own coin. The young Zambian was so much addicted to alcohol and drugs that he was once locked up for harassing security personnel who resisted his insistence on purloining alcohol by force from a supermarket in the early hours of the morning.
Somehow, James’ mother was able to convince him to come with her to The SCOAN for a Monday service. The man of God laid hands on him and delivered him from the evil spirit that had made a mess of his life. The deliverance was not without some drama as the evil spirit manifested, confessing some of the destructive things it had done to the young man. According to him, even before the man of God came close to him, he had already started feeling the presence of fire all over him. That was the last scenario he could recollect until he found himself rising from the ground, declaring that he was free in Jesus’ name. James’ mother and younger sister were also delivered from evil spirits that had also oppressed them. According to his younger sister, she had also abused hard drugs and had even initiated many of her friends into the ungodly habit. During their testimony, James, his mother and sister thanked God for delivering the entire family from the clutches of the devil. They reckoned that all things have become new ever since they received their deliverance. James’ mother advised parents to show more care to their children because they have the propensity to hide certain injurious behaviours.
I HAD EYES BUT I COULD NOT SEE
“I am a snake!” shrieked the evil spirit manifesting from Mrs Angel Nwokoye, a woman who could no longer control her behaviour towards her husband and quarrelled constantly. Feeling neglected as a wife, she had been hearing rumours that her husband had been having extramarital affairs and her anger was at its peak.
After 18 years of marriage and four children, their marriage was on the brink of divorce as Mr Chika Ndubuisi could no longer stand to be with her due to their irreconcilable differences.
Ready to throw in the towel and give up on his marriage to Mrs Angel, he had decided to leave their home in South Africa and set out on a holiday in his home country of Nigeria. His journey had a secret mission, however, as he had resolved to look for a new wife. After some time, Mr Chika called home to check in on his children only to find out that his wife had also left on a holiday. Surprisingly, her own secret mission was also in Nigeria but for a different purpose. Unwilling to allow the devil to destroy her marriage, Mrs Angel had gone to The SCOAN to seek God’s divine intervention. That was the moment of her divine encounter.
After her deliverance, Prophet T.B. Joshua invited her husband to hear God’s opinion about their marriage. Honoured to receive the call, Mr Ndubuisi came to The SCOAN the following Sunday and aired his negative feelings about his wife and asked for God’s direction. The man of God revealed that the marriage was indeed a marriage from God and that Mr Ndubuisi was also in need of deliverance.
Both husband and wife received their deliverance, one week after each other and returned to the church embracing. They could not help but share the joy of the Lord as they told of their wonderful reconciliation. Mr Chika confessed that prior to his deliverance, he saw himself as an innocent victim in his marriage while he saw his wife as old and wretched. The following morning, waking up after his deliverance, he suddenly recalled all the ways he had made mistakes in his relationship in the past. Turning to his wife to apologize, he saw a more beautiful woman than he remembered. “I had eyes then but I could not see. Now, I can see clearly! Wow, is this a mistake? Is this woman that I found in Nigeria the same one I left in South Africa?” He then made a promise before the whole congregation to love his wife more and more, as Christ would have it. The Gospel of God’s grace challenges and changes everything!